If you, like me, are a sucker for glorious French scenery, luscious food porn, sweetly predictable romance and happy endings, then you’ll love The Hundred Foot Journey.
Nothing about The Hundred Foot Journey is surprising or unexpected. It’s as smooth and slick as crème caramel or a perfectly made bechamel sauce. Indeed, the film’s charm lies in the way it does exactly what you expect, and with great sensuous beauty.
Directed by Chocolat‘s Lasse Hallström, produced by Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey and Juliet Blake, and based on the novel of the same name by Richard C. Morais, The Hundred Foot Journey describes the accidental arrival in picturesque mediaeval Saint-Antonin of the Kadam family, who flee Mumbai after their restaurant is burned down by rioters.
Thus begins a clash of cultures and personalities between aristocratic Madame Mallory (Dame Helen Mirren), owner of Michelin starred “Le Saule Pleureur” and Papa Kadam (Om Puri), who opens “Maison Mumbai”, a loud and flashy Indian restaurant, across the road.
Thus also begins a tentative romance between doe-eyed Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon), a sous-chef in “Le Saule Pleureur” and gifted young cook Hassan Kadan (Manish Dayal), who similarly sports melting brown eyes and a desire to learn classic French cuisine, but with an Indian twist.
Without my having to write another word you can see where the plot is heading. And there are only a few twists before true love outs and all is neatly resolved. And you know what, after a long and stressful day at work yesterday, The Hundred Foot Journey was simply perfect.
Highly recommended as a delectable confection that is sure to make you hungry for French and Indian food.